Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Our Big Trip

Wow!  It's been nearly three weeks since we started making tracks for our cross-country support raising trip.  We left Arcata early on the morning of April 9th.  This is the route we took--Arcata to Reno, to Salt Lake City, to Colorado Springs, to Kansas City (we spent two nights there), to Nashville, then to Dalton, Georgia where we stayed for a week.  What a trip!  We've driven over 2,600 miles.  I was so thankful to have finally arrived in Georgia, knowing that we'd get to stay put for awhile, and that it was the end of really long days of travel until it's time to turn around and go back home at the end of May.  Now we're half way through our week in Florida and next week will be arriving in Picayune, Mississippi where we'll stay for nearly a month.  

Here are some pictures from our first day of travel...

The first day of travel was only about 6 1/2 hrs of drive time.  We wanted to stop and do some fun stuff along the way.  We have a friend, Nicole, who's living in Redding and lucky for us she had the day off, so we stopped and hung out with her for a good chunk of the day.

Micah and Nicole

After hanging out at her house for awhile, we decided to take our lunch and go check out the Sundial Bridge...

After lunch, we continued on our way.  I'd never been past Redding on 299 and was looking forward to this part of the drive.  It was quite beautiful.  On either side of Redding we kept seeing these really pretty purple bushes--
Anyone know what these are?

Every so often we had to stop for the little ones.

Isn't he just fedorable?

That night we stayed at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno.  It was free!  I think Micah's favorite part was the race car out in front.  I hope it made up for the pool being closed :(

We only had to stay in hotels for the first two nights, and we only had to pay for one of those nights.  Every other stop along the way we knew people there and someone would put us up for the night.  Micah made lots of new friends along the way! Too bad he won't be seeing any of them again anytime soon :(  Thank you to all of you who put us up for the night (or two...or had us over for lunch) are much appreciated!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Red Clay State Park

Saturday afternoon we ventured out with the Spier family  to Red Clay State Park in Georgia.  It's an old Cherokee village.  You can see replicas of houses and sleeping lodges, fields of wildflowers.  We brought out some frisbees and balls to throw around...

We also walked a little trail that followed a stream that flows from the Blue Spring.
Amazing, isn't it?

Of course we had to stop and splash around and get our feet wet!

And my little monkey wanted to climb a tree!

And then I just had to take some pictures of him in the flowers...I LOVE these!

Thank you Spier Family for a lovely outing and a lovely week!

Friday, April 20, 2012

My Little Golfer

This is a few weeks back.  Donnie decided to take Micah golfing with him, since he enjoys it so much.

Coloring Easter Eggs

The day before Easter, just two days before we began our epic cross-country trek...

Last year our Easter package arrived in Niger just in time for Mother's Day, so we did a Mother's Day Easter Egg Hunt, but the little dude wasn't so into coloring eggs then.  This year was a little more fun, especially since he got to do it with Cousin Maddie.

 She's enjoying this too!
The finished product.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Emma at Four Months

Here she is almost a month ago...just keeps growing and growing! She's in the last week started to roll over more consistently and is nearly sitting up on her own!